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Loadsa Money!!

The 1980s was the decade of Margaret Thatcher, the yuppie, "Loadsa Money" and glasnost. Computers had names like Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum, and mobile phones were big and heavy enough to make you immobile. Favourite movies of the decade included Batman, Back to the Future, Star Wars Episodes V and VI, Crocodile Dundee (that's not a knife...), Indiana Jones and Beverley Hills Cop. Then there were the Brat Pack movies directed by John Hughes, including Ferris Bueller's Day Off, St Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club. The 1980s was also a massive decade for horror movies, with such classics as Nightmare on Elm Street, Childs Play, Friday the 13th and Poltergeist being released. Of course, we look back at them now and laugh at the special effects, but at the time they were terrifying! One two, Freddie's coming for you...

The 1980s also gave us some brilliant TV shows like Dynasty, Dallas, the A Team and Knightrider (did you just make the scanner sound Kit used to make, didn't you!). Saturday evenings were filled with so much quality entertainment, it really was a hard choice whether to go out or stay in and watch it all! Of course, if you did decide to go out you could spend twenty minutes on your knees in front of your TV, squinting at the video recorded and trying to set it to tape your shows!

The music of the 1980s was brilliant too, with big warbling ballads from Whitney Houston, epic performances from Queen and ground-breaking dance moves from Michael Jackson. Then there were bands like Guns N Roses and Metallica who started out in the 80s, as well as the less shouty De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. And of course, you can't mention 1980s music without mentioning the New Romantics. This was the decade where the men wore more makeup and hair spray than the women, and bands like Adam and the Ants and the Human League were the height of cool.

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